The Toilers Of The Field

By: Jefferies, Richard

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The book is taken up by observations on the life of agricultural laborers, their work, habitations and their morals, and also including a couple of fictional pieces which are designed to be a true reflection typical laborers. There is a section on the farmer (employer of the agricultural worker), and some letters to the Times in which he refutes arguments which paint the farmer in a scurrilous light. That the book is still very readable today, is because Jefferies does not patronize his subjects by treating them as charity cases whose plight he is benevolently bringing to the attention of the public, nor does he portray them in an idealistic and romantic vein. Jefferies talks about the hard life of the agricultural worker. Men had to rise early and work until night time in all weathers and with all manners of dirty and heavy work. Women produced large families and had all the heavy domestic chores to do and still go out and work in the fields to spend back breaking hours bending over the fields working. Children, as soon as they were old enough, would be set to look after their younger siblings while their mother was in the fields, Children as young as six or seven were also sent out in the fields as workers.

Title: The Toilers Of The Field

Author Name: Jefferies, Richard

Categories: Nature/Environment/Conservation,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: London, Longman's, Green, and Co.: 1892

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Book

Seller ID: rj5f

Keywords: ESSAY